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After Weegee: Essays on Contemporary Jewish American Photographersby Daniel. Morris
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Looks at the work of 10 Jewish American photographers--including Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Davidson, Diane Arbus, Allen Ginsburg and more--exploring the varied themes in their work.
"In his latest book, Morris (The Poetry of Louise Glück: A Thematic Introduction) explores the works of 10 Jewish photographers and how their work relates to their Jewish heritage, as well as why and how Jewish photographers have distinguished themselves in their field. Morris begins with Weegee (Arthur Fellig), 'a chronicler of death and heartbreak,' and moves on to the photographs of Bruce Davidson, Jim Goldberg, Mel Rosenthal, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Allen Ginsberg, Annie Leibovitz, Tyagan Miller, and Marc Asnin. The subjects studied by the photographers are interesting in their own right, but Morris's text provides additional insights, such as Tyagan Miller's observations about youth and the relationship between family, church life, and future success. From Asnin's three-decade study of his uncle to Friedlander's photographs of historical American landmarks in the context of modern times to Goldberg's Rich and Poor, with poignant comments penned by the photo subjects, Morris concludes that photography is one means of 'witnessing as a form of social responsibility related to the biblical imperative, the injunction to Remember (Zakhor).' With small reproductions of some of the compositions cited, this book of essays could serve as a companion to collections of the photographers' works for those seeking context, biographical information, and analysis. 62 b&w photos. "
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The Jewish American photographer known as Weegee (1899-1968) was a crime scene photographer famous for his Naked City photobook. "After Weegee" refers to how the immigrant's artistic heirs treat their Jewish identity and social issues. Morris (English and Jewish studies, Purdue U.) critically examines the featured photographs of ten artists including Bruce Davidson, Jim Goldberg, Mel Rosenthal, Lee Friedlander, Allen Ginsberg, Annie Leibovitz, and Tyagan Miller. He also addresses whether there is a Jewish American photography (or other art) whether or not specifically Jewish themes are the focus. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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